February 10, 2009 - Connecticut's Rell Is Queen Of The Hill At Midterm, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dodd Has Worst Approval Ever

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Halfway through her first elected term as Connecticut Governor and one week after a grim budget message, Jodi Rell has a 75 - 19 percent approval rating and tops any likely Democratic challenger by 21 to 40 points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Connecticut voters split 41 - 42 percent on whether they think Sen. Christopher Dodd is honest and trustworthy and disapprove 48 - 41 percent of the job he is doing, his first negative approval rating in a poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Even Democrats approve of their Republican Governor 67 - 26 percent, while Republicans approve 85 - 11 percent and independent voters approve 75 - 18 percent.

In an early look at possible 2010 election matchups:
  • Gov. Rell leads Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy 58 - 26 percent;
  • Rell tops Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz 53 - 32 percent;
  • Rell beats former State Rep. Jim Amann 61 - 21 percent.
Bysiewicz is the early favorite in a Democratic primary with 44 percent, followed by Malloy with 12 percent and Amann with 4 percent. Another 36 percent are undecided.

Connecticut voters give Rell a 70 - 17 percent favorability rating, with 10 percent who don't know enough to form an opinion. Bysiewicz gets a 40 - 12 percent favorability, with 48 percent who don't know enough to form an opinion. For Malloy, 69 percent don't know enough and 79 percent don't know enough about Amann.

"Gov. Rell remains in a strong position for reelection. She easily defeats her three potential Democratic opponents by more than 20 points," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D. "Rell even gets a 67 - 23 percent approval for handling the economy."

"Secretary of State Bysiewicz runs best in a potential Democratic primary, partly due to name recognition," Dr. Schwartz said. "Even though Amann was the former State House Speaker and Mayor Malloy ran a strong race for the Democratic nomination for Governor last time around, both are largely unknown to voters."

Sen. Dodd

A total of 42 percent of voters say they "definitely" or "probably" will vote to reelect Sen. Dodd in 2010, while 51 percent say the "probably won't" or "definitely won't" vote for him.

By a 54 - 24 percent margin, Connecticut voters say they are not satisfied with Sen. Dodd's explanation of allegations that he received preferential mortgage treatment and 56 percent of voters say they are less likely to vote for him because of this controversy.

"Sen. Dodd is vulnerable. His approval has sunk to a new low. More voters disapprove than approve of the job he is doing for the first time in 15 years of polling," Schwartz said. "The mortgage controversy has taken a toll on his approval rating. Most voters are not satisfied with Dodd's explanation and say they are less likely to vote for him next year because of it."

Sen. Lieberman

By a narrow 48 - 45 percent margin, voters disapprove of the job Sen. Joseph Lieberman is doing and give him a negative 43 - 49 percent favorability. Republicans approve 75 - 20 percent. Democrats disapprove 70 - 21 percent and independent voters split 48 - 46 percent.

By contrast, State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal gets a 79 - 12 percent approval rating and 71 - 13 percent favorability rating. Republicans approve of the Democrat 66 - 25 percent. Democrats approve 85 - 6 percent and independent voters approve 81 - 10 percent.

If Sen. Lieberman faces Blumenthal in 2012, the Democratic challenger has an early 58 - 30 percent lead. Republicans go with Lieberman 67 - 23 percent while Blumenthal leads 83 - 9 percent among Democrats and 55 - 29 percent among independent voters.

"Sen. Lieberman's approval is negative, but up slightly. It's a long time until 2012, but this poll shows that if Connecticut's popular Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal takes on Lieberman, as the buzz suggests, Lieberman would get crushed," Schwartz said.

From February 5 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,603 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. The survey includes 634 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data and RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. (If registered Democrat) If the Democratic primary for governor were being held today and the candidates were Dan Malloy, Susan Bysiewicz and Jim Amann, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Dems
 
Malloy               12%
Bysiewicz            44
Jim Amann             4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                36
 
 
2. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Dan Malloy the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Malloy               26%     6%    46%    20%    28%    24%
Rell                 58     87     36     61     57     58
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2      1      1      1
DK/NA                14      5     16     16     11     17
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Malloy               20%    28%    21%    28%    29%
Rell                 66     54     60     56     51
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      2      3      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      1      1      2
DK/NA                13     14     14     14     15
 
 
3. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Susan Bysiewicz the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Bysiewicz            32%     6%    56%    26%    31%    32%
Rell                 53     84     30     55     54     51
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                14      7     13     17     12     16
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Bysiewicz            15%    41%    32%    35%    40%
Rell                 67     45     47     50     49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                18     12     19     13      9
 
 
4. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jim Amann the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Amann                21%     6%    38%    14%    21%    20%
Rell                 61     87     41     65     61     61
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      2      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2      1      1      1
DK/NA                16      4     17     19     14     17
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Amann                12%    24%    12%    26%    23%
Rell                 71     57     65     56     58
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      6      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      2      1
DK/NA                16     16     17     14     16
 
 
5. Is your opinion of -- Jodi Rell favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            70%    84%    60%    73%    67%    73%
Unfavorable          17      9     24     15     20     14
Hvn't hrd enough     10      7     12      8     10     10
REFUSED               3      -      3      4      2      3
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            79%    67%    69%    70%    63%
Unfavorable           7     21     26     18     22
Hvn't hrd enough     14      8      1      8     12
REFUSED               1      3      4      4      3
 
 
6. Is your opinion of -- Susan Bysiewicz favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            40%    29%    51%    37%    40%    39%
Unfavorable          12     22      4     14     14     10
Hvn't hrd enough     48     48     45     48     46     49
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            23%    55%    40%    38%    44%
Unfavorable           8     14     16     12     13
Hvn't hrd enough     68     31     42     49     42
REFUSED               1      -      2      1      2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of -- Jim Amann favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             7%     6%    10%     7%    10%     5%
Unfavorable          13     21      9     12     17      9
Hvn't hrd enough     79     73     81     79     72     84
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable             7%     7%     2%    10%     6%
Unfavorable          10     19      7     11     14
Hvn't hrd enough     83     73     89     78     80
REFUSED               -      1      3      1      1
 
 
8. Is your opinion of -- Dan Malloy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            19%    12%    27%    16%    20%    18%
Unfavorable          11     19      6     10     12     10
Hvn't hrd enough     69     68     66     73     67     71
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            21%    18%    24%    19%    15%
Unfavorable          19      6      7     10      8
Hvn't hrd enough     60     75     66     70     76
REFUSED               -      1      3      1      1
 
 
9. If the 2012 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Joe Lieberman the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Blumenthal           58%    23%    83%    55%    56%    59%
Lieberman            30     67      9     29     35     27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      1      2      2      2
DK/NA                 8      5      5     12      6     10
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Blumenthal           51%    63%    46%    61%    61%
Lieberman            36     29     33     28     26
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      4      1      3
DK/NA                 9      5     15      8      9
 
 
10. Is your opinion of -- Joe Lieberman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            43%    78%    18%    46%    46%    41%
Unfavorable          49     17     73     47     49     49
Hvn't hrd enough      5      1      6      6      3      7
REFUSED               3      4      3      2      2      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            46%    40%    51%    45%    39%
Unfavorable          46     55     40     45     54
Hvn't hrd enough      6      2      4      7      5
REFUSED               3      3      4      3      2
 
 
11. Is your opinion of -- Richard Blumenthal favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            71%    57%    81%    71%    72%    70%
Unfavorable          13     28      6     10     16     10
Hvn't hrd enough     15     14     13     16     11     18
REFUSED               2      1      -      2      1      2
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            69%    74%    72%    71%    67%
Unfavorable          10     15     16     11     14
Hvn't hrd enough     19      9      9     17     18
REFUSED               3      1      3      1      1
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              75%    85%    67%    75%    70%    79%
Disapprove           19     11     26     18     25     14
DK/NA                 6      4      6      7      4      7
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              86%    69%    73%    73%    69%
Disapprove            8     27     24     19     22
DK/NA                 6      4      2      7      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Nov 7   Jan 13  Jul 1
                     2009    2008    2008    2008    2007    2005    2008
 
Approve              75      68      65      76      77      83      65
Disapprove           19      20      23      13      14       3      23
DK/NA                 6      12      12      10       9      14      12
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              45%    75%    21%    48%    47%    43%
Disapprove           48     20     70     46     49     48
DK/NA                 7      5      9      6      4      9
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              50%    42%    52%    45%    38%
Disapprove           44     53     45     46     54
DK/NA                 6      6      3      9      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Nov 8   Sep 21  Dec 17
                     2009    2008    2008    2008    2007    2000    2008
 
Approve              45      38      45      52      52      80      38
Disapprove           48      54      43      35      38      14      54
DK/NA                 7       8      13      13       9       6       8
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              41%    15%    62%    36%    37%    44%
Disapprove           48     80     25     51     55     42
DK/NA                11      5     13     13      8     14
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              37%    49%    36%    39%    40%
Disapprove           50     44     58     46     48
DK/NA                13      7      6     15     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Nov 8   Apr 19  Feb 10
                     2009    2008    2008    2008    2007    2001    2009
 
Approve              41      47      51      51      55      71      41
Disapprove           48      41      34      28      31      16      48
DK/NA                11      12      16      21      15      13      11
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              79%    66%    85%    81%    79%    79%
Disapprove           12     25      6     10     16      8
DK/NA                 9      9      9      9      5     13
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              74%    83%    81%    78%    79%
Disapprove           12     12     15     13      9
DK/NA                14      5      3      9     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Feb 10  Jul 27  Apr 6   Nov 23  Apr 19  Feb 10  Nov 23
                     2009    2005    2005    2004    2001    2009    2004
 
Approve              79      73      76      71      72      79      71
Disapprove           12      14      15      15      11      12      15
DK/NA                 9      13       9      13      17       9      13
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Susan Bysiewicz is handling her job as Secretary of the State?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              59%    51%    69%    56%    59%    60%
Disapprove           10     19      3     12     13      8
DK/NA                31     29     28     32     29     32
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              45%    67%    61%    62%    66%
Disapprove            8     11     12     11      9
DK/NA                48     21     27     28     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Susan Bysiewicz is handling her job as Secretary of the State?
                     Feb 10  Apr 6  Nov 23
                     2009    2005   2004
 
Approve              59      51     53
Disapprove           10       9      7
DK/NA                31      40     40
 
 
18. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        4%     7%     3%     2%     4%     3%
Smwht satisfied      37     40     39     34     34     39
Smwht dissatisfied   38     32     37     42     35     39
Very dissatisfied    21     20     21     20     25     17
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very satisfied        5%     3%     2%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      44     36     41     32     33
Smwht dissatisfied   39     35     29     39     41
Very dissatisfied    10     25     28     24     22
DK/NA                 1      -      -      2      2
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT..
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Nov 7   Oct 21  Mar 13
                     2009    2008    2008    2008    2007    1998    2003
 
Very Satisfied        4       2       4       6       6      21       4
Smwht Satisfied      37      41      37      48      57      62      32
Smwht Dissatisfied   38      35      35      30      24      14      34
Very Dissatisfied    21      20      24      14      10       3      29
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       -       1
 
 
19. How likely are you to vote to re-elect Chris Dodd for United States Senator in 2010 - Do you think you will definitely vote for him, probably vote for him, probably not vote for him, or definitely not vote for him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Definitely           11%     4%    22%     5%    12%    10%
Probably             31     10     43     31     27     34
Probably not         19     16     16     24     18     20
Definitely not       32     65     11     33     39     26
DK/NA                 7      4      7      7      4      9
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Definitely           10%    14%     6%    10%    12%
Probably             26     32     27     35     30
Probably not         20     19     29     18     15
Definitely not       36     28     38     29     34
DK/NA                 8      6      1      8      8
 
 
TREND: How likely are you to vote to re-elect Chris Dodd for United States Senator in 2010 - Do you think you will definitely vote for him, probably vote for him, probably not vote for him, or definitely not vote for him?
                     Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1
                     2009    2008    2008
 
Definitely           11      13      14
Probably             31      31      37
Probably not         19      20      20
Definitely not       32      27      19
DK/NA                 7       9      10
 
 
20. Would you say that Chris Dodd is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  41%    19%    58%    39%    41%    41%
No                   42     69     22     45     45     39
DK/NA                17     12     19     17     14     20
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Yes                  41%    45%    37%    40%    39%
No                   40     37     53     44     45
DK/NA                19     18     10     16     17
 
 
21. How much have you heard or read about allegations that Senator Dodd may have received special treatment from Countrywide Financial on mortgages on his two homes - a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A lot                42%    57%    38%    40%    47%    39%
Some                 31     27     31     33     31     32
Not much             12      7     12     15     12     13
Nothing at all       13      8     18     11     10     16
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
A lot                39%    49%    47%    38%    42%
Some                 37     29     25     32     27
Not much             11      9     18     13     14
Nothing at all       11     13      8     16     14
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      3
 
TREND: How much have you heard or read about allegations that Senator Dodd may have received special treatment from Countrywide Financial on mortgages on his two homes - A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Feb 10  Jul 1
                     2009    2008
 
A lot                42      26
Some                 31      36
Not much             12      15
Nothing at all       13      22
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
22. Are you satisfied or not satisfied with Senator Dodd's explanation of this matter?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Satisfied            24%    11%    37%    19%    23%    24%
Not satisfied        54     78     34     59     59     50
DK/NA                22     11     29     22     18     26
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Satisfied            21%    25%    22%    23%    25%
Not satisfied        54     53     64     54     52
DK/NA                25     21     14     23     23
 
 
23. Does the controversy surrounding Chris Dodd's mortgages make you more likely to vote for him for Senator in 2010, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More likely           2%     2%     2%     1%     3%     1%
Less likely          56     73     43     60     57     55
Doesn't make diff    36     21     47     33     35     37
DK/NA                 6      3      7      5      5      7
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
More likely           1%     1%     -      3%     3%
Less likely          57     54     55     60     53
Doesn't make diff    35     39     40     33     37
DK/NA                 7      6      5      4      6
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              67%    81%    57%    69%    68%    67%
Disapprove           23     13     33     20     25     22
DK/NA                10      6     10     11      8     11
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              77%    63%    56%    66%    64%
Disapprove           14     28     33     25     24
DK/NA                 9      9     11      9     13
 
 
27. Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  6     12      5      4      7      6
Not so good          53     58     50     54     50     57
Poor                 39     29     44     40     42     37
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -
Good                 10      6      9      3      7
Not so good          61     49     50     54     50
Poor                 29     45     40     42     43
DK/NA                 -      1      1      2      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Apr 7   Nov 24  Dec 20  Feb 10
                     2009    2008    2008    2005    2004    2001    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       1       2       2       3       -
Good                  6      11      29      43      51      51       6
Not so good          53      62      48      41      36      38      53
Poor                 39      26      22      12       8       7      39
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       3       1       1
 
 
36. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              66%    80%    57%    66%    68%    64%
Disapprove           22     10     30     21     24     20
DK/NA                13     10     13     13      8     16
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              73%    64%    57%    63%    65%
Disapprove           11     24     33     25     25
DK/NA                16     11     10     12     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Governor Rell is handling the state budget?
                     Feb 10  Apr 6   Feb 18
                     2009    2005    2005
 
Approve              66      54      51
Disapprove           22      20      29
DK/NA                13      26      20
 
 
37. How serious do you think Connecticut's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very serious         58%    56%    60%    58%    60%    57%
Smwht serious        36     38     34     38     34     38
Not too serious       3      5      4      2      4      2
Not at all serious    -      1      1      -      1      -
DK/NA                 2      -      2      2      1      2
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very serious         52%    64%    54%    56%    63%
Smwht serious        40     33     45     36     33
Not too serious       6      3      -      3      2
Not at all serious    -      -      -      1      1
DK/NA                 3      1      1      4      1
 
TREND: How serious do you think Connecticut's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Feb 10  Mar 13
                     2009    2003
 
Very serious         58      60
Smwht serious        36      35
Not too serious       3       4
Not at all serious    -       -
DK/NA                 2       1
 
 
38. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Raising taxes        23%     6%    41%    16%    19%    26%
Cutting services     67     89     47     72     72     62
DK/NA                10      5     12     11      9     12
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Raising taxes        19%    26%    17%    23%    28%
Cutting services     71     66     79     63     61
DK/NA                10      8      4     14     11
 
TREND: To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Feb 10  Mar 13
                     2009    2003
 
Raising taxes        23      38
Cutting services     67      46
DK/NA                10      16
 
 
39. How much have you heard or read about Governor Rell's proposals to balance Connecticut's budget next year - A lot, some or not much?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A lot                26%    36%    22%    23%    26%    26%
Some                 52     47     53     54     52     52
Not much             22     17     24     22     21     22
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
A lot                22%    31%    25%    23%    29%
Some                 53     48     62     54     48
Not much             25     21     14     21     22
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -
 
 
40. What do you think about the cuts in state services that Governor Rell has proposed in order to balance the state's budget? Do you think Rell's proposed cuts in state services go too far, not far enough or are they about right?
                                                               Q39...
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lot/Sm
 
Too far              16%     7%    25%    13%    14%    17%    17%
Not far enough       18     27     11     18     25     12     19
About right          51     57     45     53     49     52     56
DK/NA                16     10     19     16     13     18      8
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Too far              10%    16%    14%    21%    17%
Not far enough       13     20     31     18     17
About right          60     48     47     47     48
DK/NA                18     16      8     14     18
 
 
41. Governor Rell proposed no increase in state taxes in her budget. Do you agree with her that taxes should not be raised, or do you think that some tax increase should be considered?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Taxes should not
 be raised           61%    83%    42%    65%    63%    59%
Consider some
 tax increase        36     15     55     33     35     38
DK/NA                 3      2      4      2      2      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Taxes should not
 be raised           64%    58%    71%    62%    55%
Consider some
 tax increase        32     39     29     36     43
DK/NA                 4      4      -      2      3
 
 
42. Governor Rell said it is time to shrink the size of state government. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Agree                82%    95%    69%    86%    84%    79%
Disagree             13      4     23     10     12     14
DK/NA                 5      1      8      4      3      7
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Agree                86%    81%    84%    78%    81%
Disagree              7     15     16     16     14
DK/NA                 7      4      -      7      5
 
 
43. Do you think that the state workforce should be decreased, even if it means job cuts and reduction in state services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  59%    75%    45%    63%    66%    52%
No                   32     15     46     28     27     37
DK/NA                 9     10      9      9      7     11
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Yes                  64%    60%    68%    52%    56%
No                   23     32     28     42     33
DK/NA                13      8      4      7     11
 
 
44. Do you think Governor Rell and the state legislature will be able to work together to solve the state's budget problems?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  65%    63%    70%    63%    62%    68%
No                   25     29     18     28     32     19
DK/NA                10      8     12      9      6     13
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Yes                  69%    61%    72%    65%    65%
No                   19     29     21     27     25
DK/NA                12     10      7      8     10